Legal Internships and Fellowships

Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: November 14, 2017


American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI)

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: Early February 2018 (application not yet posted)

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Qualifications:

      • Student or recent graduate seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in international relations, political science, international development, or a related field OR current JD/LL.M students or recent graduates

      • Strong commitment to public interest law and/or international development, as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework

      • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills

      • Proficiency with MS Office

      • International development experience highly desirable but not required; knowledge of foreign languages is a plus

Summary: ABA ROLI serves as the international development wing of the American Bar Association and seeks to promote justice, economic opportunity, and human dignity through the rule of law. ABA ROLI seeks interns and fellows to assist headquarters staff with a wide variety of the day-to-day support functions that are pertinent to the operations of an international NGO. Internships and fellowships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and law students depending on current staffing needs. Dates and daily schedules may be flexible in response to departmental needs, and correspond roughly to academic terms for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia: Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP)

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: February 10, 2018

  • Full time; 12 weeks, within these date ranges: May 7-July 27, May 21-August 10, June 4-August 24, June 18-September 7

  • Unpaid

Intern Investigators must:

      • Be available to start on one of our training dates (see end of this bulletin)

      • Be a current student at an undergraduate institution or graduate school.

      • Be able to make a minimum 12 week commitment (with minimal days off)

      • Attend the mandatory full week of training.

      • Summer Sessions require Full Time (5 days/40 hours per week) commitment

Qualifications:

      • No specific investigative or legal background is required and students from all majors are considered

      • Applicants must display strong written and oral communication skills,

        possess a strong work ethic and the ability to adapt in a dynamic environment

      • Fluency in a second language is also highly sought in applicants

      • Non-US citizens are eligible to participate as volunteers

      • The Public Defender Service is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and actively encourages applications from people of varied and diverse backgrounds

Summary: The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides undergraduate and graduate students with the fundamental investigative techniques and the relevant criminal law knowledge needed to assist Staff Attorneys. Intern Investigators will be assigned to Staff Attorneys in the Trial Division, but some also investigate for the Parole Division, Community Defender Division and Special Litigation Division.

Intern Investigators are provided direction and supervision by both the Internship Supervisor and their assigned Staff Attorney(s). Typical investigative tasks include: locating and interviewing witnesses, interviewing clients, taking detailed witness statements, performing extensive criminal background checks, serving subpoenas, testifying, photographing, measuring and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development and generally assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of the courtroom. Intern Investigators will be given some clerical duties, but the majority of their work is performed out in the community.


Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia: Internship Program

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Selection Criteria:

      • Internships are open to undergraduate, graduate and law students in good academic standing

      • Candidates are selected based on scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and interest in their area of concentrations

Summary: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students to work as volunteers during the academic year and summer vacation. The internship program is designed to provide students with a challenging experience that reflects the demands and rewards of public service.

Interns will develop their legal writing and research skills by receiving training in Lexis research, drafting motions, advice memos, mediation statements, or case briefs. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to attend presentations from OAG attorneys on case law regarding environmental issues, ethics, opening and closing statements, taking depositions, domestic violence, child protection, criminal and juvenile prosecution, appellate advocacy, and more.


Supreme Court of the United States Internship Program

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Eligibility Requirements:

      • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

      • Applicants must have completed two semesters of undergraduate study and meet one of the following criteria:

          • Actively enrolled in an academic program concurrent with the internship term;

          • Returning to a degree program immediately following the internship term; or

          • Participating in a federal fellowship program.

      • Law students are not eligible to participate in the Supreme Court Internship Program.

      • Preference will be given to applicants prepared to work eight-hour days, five days per week. Some offices may accept interns available less than full time but at least four days per week.

      • Interns selected for the fall and spring terms should plan to work for 16 weeks. Summer interns are expected to work for at least 12 weeks.

Qualifications:

      • Demonstrated academic achievement

      • Ability and willingness to work closely with others

      • Flexibility

      • Self-sustaining motivation and initiative

      • Impeccable trustworthiness, discretion, and maturity

      • Good judgment is critical

Summary: For more than 40 years, the Supreme Court Internship Program has provided students with a unique opportunity to build a substantial working knowledge of the role, functions, and history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Program offers a compelling study experience and valuable exposure to work in a professional environment. Special enrichment opportunities include attending Court sessions as well as seminars organized by the Supreme Court Fellows.

Interns have responsibilities wholly distinct from the case work of the Supreme Court and do not work directly with the Justices or on cases pending before the Court. Some administrative support duty, such as answering phones and responding to inquiries from members of the public, is required.


Arlington County Police Department

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

  • Minimum Part Time

  • Unpaid

Qualifications and preferences vary by opportunity, though many give preference to upper-classmen.

Summary: Internships with the Arlington County Police Department are designed to give students an opportunity to learn from professionals through real world experience. Each of the internships offered are in different designated and specialized departments, which allows students to gain knowledge within their desired field. Opportunities include: Investigative Assistant, Media Relations & Public Affairs Office Internship, Background Investigations Internship, and the GIS/Crime Analysis Internship.


Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: Early Decision is March 1, 2018; Final Deadline is April 1, 2018

  • Minimum Part Time

  • Unpaid

Requirements:

      • Must be a U.S. Citizen by birth or naturalization

      • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university

      • Class standing of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior by credit hours (minimum of 36 credits)

      • Must be a student at a college or university

      • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA

      • Must sign confidentiality agreement

      • Must pass criminal history check and fingerprints (no felony or serious misdemeanor arrests)

Summary: The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is always seeking qualified individuals to consider careers in law enforcement either as sworn members or as civilian employees that support the vital mission of the agency. MPD is pleased to offer challenging and rewarding opportunities for professional development to qualified college and university students. Internships allow students to think about the transition from school to practice and to develop insights into the law enforcement profession that are rarely available in a conventional classroom setting. The MPD College Internship Program introduces students to aspects of law enforcement that enhance students’ understanding of the criminal justice system. In addition, students are introduced to the various career opportunities that await them should they decide to choose law enforcement as a career.